Ladakh Intensive Tour
Duration : 20 Nights / 21 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Leh - Uletokpo - Lamayuru
- Tirith - Tsomoriri - Pangong-Leh-Delhi
01 International Flight - Delhi
On International flight
Day 01: Delhi
Begin your tour
Arrive into Delhi
Welcome to Vardhman's "Ladhak Intensive Tour"!
On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's
representative to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 02: Delhi - Leh
After breakfast transfer to Delhi airport to board flight
for Leh. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your
hotel by our representative. Complete day for the acclimatization
which is 3500 meters above sea level. In the evening take
a short walk around Leh bazaar at your own.
Day 03: Leh
Morning after breakfast visit SOS Tibetan children village,
Stok Palace & Museum.
Stok Palace & Museum : The palace of the banished royal
family, Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes
and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Thankas representing
the life style of Shakya Muni. Interesting historical objects
like coins, armor, weapons, precious jades and porcelain too
can be seen here.
Day 04: Leh
After breakfast proceed for the full day city tour of
Leh. Visit Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monastery-one of the largest
Shey Palace And Gompa : Shey palace with its remarkable statue
of Buddha and panoramic views of Indus valley. Situated on
a hillock 15 Kms upstream from Leh, it was once the residence
of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat
of power of the pre-Tibetan kinds. A 7.5 mts high copper statue
of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is
Thiksey Gompa : 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey
is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive
Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompas, containing
images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.
Hemis Gompa: It contains a number of gold statues and Stupas
decorated with precious stones and a superb collection of
Thankas, including one that is the largest in existence. Hemis
gompa is believed to have been established in 1630 by Lama
Tagstang Raspa and built by Palden Sara under the patronage
of King Sengge Namgyal on a site previously sanctified by
the construction of a cave hermitage dating from the 12th
century. This monastery is the oldest one in the area belonging
to the Kargyu school. The Gompa is a unique example of a monastic
complex of this period which manifests in its structure the
geomantic principles which underlie religious constructions
of this type.
Evening return to the hotel for overnight.
05: Leh - Uletokpo via Alchi 109 Kms
Early morning depart for Uletokpo. Eroute visiting Alchi.
Alchi Gompa : 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus,
is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its
walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the
Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted
brightly are its focal attractions. No longer an active religious
center, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery.
This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is
not located on a hilltop.
Upon arrival in late afternoon check into tented camps for
Day 06: Uletokpo - Lamayuru - Uletokpo
After breakfast visit of Lamayuru monastery after visit return
to camp for lunch.
Lamayuru Gompa : The oldest holy site in Ladakh, it was a
bon shrine prior to the advent of Buddhism. Also known as
Yung Drung (Swastika) it is sited on a high promontory overlooking
the village and valley. For sheer spectacle value no other
Gompa can match Lamayuru.
Afternoon visit Ridzong Monastery, one of the most beautiful
monastery of Ladakh region build in a valley a short trek
to the monastery after visit return to camp for overnight
Rizong Monastery: Built by the great Lama Tsultim Nima, it
dates back to the year 1831. Approximately 40 monks reside
in the Rizong Gompa of Ladakh, which belongs to the Tsongkhapa
Order. The successive reincarnations of Lama Tsultim Nima
and his son, Sras Rinpoche, serve as the incumbents of the
monastery. The inmates of the Rizdong Monastery of Leh Ladakh
are permitted to have only religious robes and books with
Day 07: Uletokpo - Leh
After breakfast departs by surface for Leh enroute stop
to photograph Basgo monastery and visit Likir monastery. Morning
after leisurely breakfast drive to Leh, enroute visit Alchi
and Likir Monasteries. Upon arrival, check into your hotel.
Basgo monastery : It is an ancient clay structure, standing
tall in the middle of a fantastic giant-termite-mound-scape
of wind-eroded rock. Lonely and deserted. It's like a movie
set Harappan palace, Mackenna's Gold with the temperature
and sunshine turned way down. There's a large statue of the
Maitreya, terracotta bricks and walls, rickety old ladders,
parts of that have been closed off as they're too rickety
and eroded for safe exploration.
Likir Gompa: Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to
a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier
Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dated back
to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent
Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live
here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands
a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one
of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.
After visit continue drive to Leh. Upon arrival, check into
your pre-booked hotel. Rest of the day at leisure, overnight
Overnight : Hotel
Morning after breakfast visit Spituk & Phyang monastery.
Return to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for personal
Phiyang Gompa : 17 Kms from Leh on the Leh-Kargil road, it
looks like a huge palace from afar, build by Tashi Namgyal
in the later half of the 16th century AD, it belongs to the
Red Cap sect of Buddhists. Hundreds of icon of Buddha and
other gods are kept on wooden shelves.
Continue drive towards Alchi monastery, famous for its massive
statues of Buddha, its wood carving and Cashmere wall paintings.
Spituk Monastery: The Spituk Monastery of Ladakh is situated
at a distance of approximately 8 km from the town of Leh.
Towering over a conical, the 3-chapel monastery dates back
to the 11th century, when it was founded century by Od-de,
the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. He was the one
to introduce a monastic community here. When a translator,
Rinchen Zangpo, came to this place, he said that an exemplary
religious community would develop there. This statement led
to the naming of the monastery as Spituk, meaning Exemplary.
09: Leh -Tirith (Nubra)
After breakfast departs for Tirit driving over the world's
highest pass Khardungla 5950 mts, a good two hours drive till
the pass, in case one is lucky on a crystal clear sky gets
an excellent view of Ladakh range and Karakoram range. The
view from the top is simply amazing. Enter Nubra Valley situated
along river Shayok. The valley is covered with dense thickets
of seabuckthorn - a throny schurb which the villagers use
for fuel and fencing their fields.
Drive down to your camp at Tirit camp at the altitude of 2900
mts. Overnight in tented camps.
Day 10: Tirit - Diskit - Hunder -Semur-Panamik Tirit 80
Morning departs for half day sightseeing of Hunder & Diskit
Monasteries. Visit Deskit, the HQ town of Nubra Valley. Deskit
can be approached by driving parallel to Shyok River for 20
Kms. Deskit is famous for 515 years old Buddhist Monastery,
lying magnificently situated on a hilltop, facing the entire
Valley. Further drive from Deskit to Hunder, another 15 -
20 Kms drive. At Hunder, you may see a few Double Humped,
Hairy and Bactrian Camels.
Later drive back on the same road to your camp at Tirith.
Afternoons visit Samstanling Monastery & if time permits
visit hot sulphur springs in Panamik.
After visit return to camp for overnight stay.
Day 11: Tirit - Leh (110 Kms)
After breakfast departs for Leh. Upon arrival check into the
hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for personal activities.
Day 12: Leh
After breakfast half-day city tour of Leh visiting Leh palace,
Shanker Gompa and Chanspa village. Return to the hotel. Rest
of the day at leisure for personal activities.
Sankar Gompa & Village : A relatively modern monastery,
it is closely associated with the Spituk monastery and served
as the residence of the late head priest-Kushak Bakula. A
number of gold icons are to be found here.
Shanti Stupa (Japanese Peace Pagoda) : Shanti Stupa/Japanese
peace pagoda is build by a Japanese religious organization
headed by Head monk Nakamura with the help from the organization
and local people. It is situated at a hill top in Cahngspa
village providing a bird eye view of the Leh town and the
surrounding mountain peaks. Architecturally it has the Japanese
touch with small clean rooms on the side for meditators and
the main Japanese shrine at the entrance.
13: Leh - Tsomoriri (268 Kms 08 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Tsomoriri via Mahai Bridge. Upon
arrival check into tented camp in Kurzok village 4100 mts.
Evening at leisure for personal activities.
Day 14 Tsemorari
After breakfast walk around the Tsemorari Lake this area changes
its colors as per the weather condition one can see the various
species of birds and visit Kurzok Gompa & village.
Tsomoriri or Lake Moriri, in the Changthang (literal meaning,
northern plains) area, is a High Altitude Lake (HAL) with
an altitude of 4,595 m (15,080 ft) in Ladakh. India and is
the largest of the High Altitude Lakes in the Trans-himalayan
biogeographic region, entirely within India. It is hemmed
between Ladakh in the North and Tibet in the east and Zanskar
in the west; the Changthang plateau is the geographical setting
with snow peaks that provides the source of water for the
Lake. Tsokar Lake is approximately 45 km northwest of the
Tsomoriri Lake at a height of 4485 m. It is also called "White
Lake" because of the salt deposited
Day 15: Tsemorari - Leh (268 Kms 08 Hrs)
After breakfast depart for Leh via Tsokhar & Tanglang-la
pass 5320 mts, one may see the wild ass in this region it
is known as Changthang region of Ladakh which extends all
the way into Tibet.
Upon arrival late in the evening, check into the respective
hotel for overnight rest.
Day 16: Leh
Full day free for lesiure activities.
Day 17: Leh - Pangong Lake 125 Kms
After early breakfast depart for Pangong Lake.
Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake: A lake in the Himalayas situated
at a height of about 4,250 m and is 134 km long and extends
from India to China. Two thirds of the length of this lake
lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3 mi) wide at its broadest
This lake is the highest in Ladakh and is famous for colorful
stones and wild flowers (in summer months).
After visiting the lake return to Leh late in the evening
for overnight rest.
Day 18: Leh
After breakfast half day city tour of Matho & Stakna monastery.
Matho Monastery: situated on the opposite bank of the Indus
across Thiksey, Matho was established in the first half of
the 16th century AD and has valuable collection of very old
and beautiful Thankhas, some in the form of Mandalas. Its
annual festival of Oracles in early march is an important
event in Ladakhi religious calendar.
Stakna Gompa: Situated on the right bank of the Indus River,
at a distance of approximately 25 km from the town of Leh.
The name, 'Stakna' literally means 'tiger's nose'. The monastery
was so named because it was built on a hill, which is shaped
just like a tiger's nose. Stakna Monastery of Leh Ladakh owes
its inception to Chosje Jamyang Palkar, the great scholar
saint of Bhutan. It formed a part of the many religious estates
offered by the Dharmaraja Jamyang Namgial to the saint, around
Day 19: Leh - Delhi
In the morning transfer to Leh airport to board flight for
Delhi. On arrival you will be met and transferred by our representataive
to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 20: Delhi
Morning proceed for the sightseeing of the city.
Visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple,
a modern Hindu Temple, Parliament House, Government Secretarial
Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi.
Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan,
Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat
and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and
Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping
centre of Old Delhi.
Day 21: Delhi
On the last day of your tour transfer to Delhi International
airport to board the flight for your onward journey to back
home with sweet and pleasant memories of your "Ladhak
Intensive Tour" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.
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